How To Put On Ski Boots

by Frank V. Persall

Ski boots are very important gear for any skier. This is why skiers, both professional and casual ones, invest so much in the boots. A good ski boot ensures you can properly handle the somewhat daunting task of keeping your balance and smoothly skiing.

When you are hitting the slopes as a first-timer or beginner skier, being able to manage all the gear or equipment you use can be daunting, to say the least.

One useful skill to learn is knowing how to easily get in and out of your ski boots. Such a skill can come in handy when you least expect it. For instance, you might be too exhausted after skiing. In which case, you would not want to waste any time having to fiddle with removing your boots or bindings. Knowing how to put your boots on the proper way also means you are properly protected since there is a reduced risk of it coming off.

To improve your overall skiing experience, we have prepared this guide to help you put on and remove your ski boots the right way. With these steps, you can quickly get in or out of your boots so you can do other things. We will also

How To Put On Ski Boots
How To Put On Ski Boots

How to Put on Your Ski Boots

How to Put on Your Ski Boots
How to Put on Your Ski Boots

Before going into the steps you need to know that will help you put on your ski boots easily and quickly, you need to know the important parts of your ski boots.

Now, the important parts of your boot that you need to know about are as follows:

- Power strap: This is the main strap on the boot and it helps secure the boot firmly to your legs. How comfy the boot feels can also be adjusted using this strap.

- Buckles: The buckles are the shiny metal attachments that help keep your boot firm from top to bottom. They determine how loose and tight the boot gets i.e. how snug the boot is.

They are metallic (usually made from Aluminum) and they are the most expensive components of a ski boot. As a result, oftentimes you will find cheap buckles even on expensive ski boots.

- Tongue Loop: The tongue loop is found in most ski boots so that you can easily pull the boots up when wearing them. Not all boots have this because you can still get in or out of your ski boots without them.

- Outer shell: The outer shell refers to the exterior component of the boot. It is plastic and is composed of two parts: "Cuff" and "Lower".

Cuff refers to the hinged upper part of the ski boot. This part is removable since it is hinged on both sides of the ankles.

- Inner Liner: This refers to the soft lining on the inner part of the ski boot.

A step-by-step guide to putting on your ski boot:

1. Undo the metallic buckles on the boot from top to bottom. Next, undo the power strap located at the top of your ski boot.

2. Grab the loop close to the power strap to open the boot. Pull the tongue using the loop away from you in a sideways direction.

3. Stand up and step into your ski boots. First, you slide in your toes, followed by your heel. You might have to bend your knees and even flex your shins forward. This helps get your feet into the boot quickly and at the right angle.

NOTE: It is very difficult to put on ski boots while sitting down.

4. Grab the loop of the tongue and pull the cuff of your boot up. Ensure the tongue is placed against your shin centrally and the buckle flaps overlap the right way.

5. With your heel placed on the ground and your toe forming a 45-degree angle to the ground, stand up and grind your heel to the ground.

6. Fasten the power strap to secure the boot but not too tightly.

7. Now, start buckling your ski boot from top to bottom. Ensure the top buckles are well fastened until they snap firmly close. This should take some effort to close.

NOTE: If you find yourself struggling too much to close the buckles, then the cuff is too tight. In this case, fasten the second buckle from the top since it helps keep your heel in place.

8. Now re-fasten the power strap tightly so that the snugness matches that of the top buckles.

9. Fasten the lower buckles while flexing your foot. As much as you want your boot tightly secure, you also don't want to stop blood circulation to your feet.

NOTE: A good way to know the buckles are too tight is by checking the plastic outer shell. If you notice any slight deformity, then you might be cranking the boot too tight.

Things to do before putting on your ski boots

Before putting on your ski boots, here are two important things you need to do:

- Make sure you have the right ski boots. The right ski boots fit nicely. Ski boots are very important gear in skiing.

Also, ensure that your boots are dry and warm. This makes it a lot easier for you to warm up. So, avoid keeping your boots outside or in the car. Take them with you into your room!

- Wear a single pair of thin woolen socks. Socks are very important because they keep your feet warm and dry. Woolen socks are very popular among skiers. However, socks made from other durable synthetic materials capable of wicking away sweat (moisture) will also do nicely.

NOTE: Avoid using cotton stocks because it absorbs moisture readily and take a longer time to properly dry. This leaves your feet wet and cold.

TIP: Make sure your socks are pulled all the way up so it does not bunch up in your boot.

How to click your ski boots into the ski bindings

There are four important parts to take note of in ski:

- The toe piece - this is designed in the shape of a toe. It is the piece the front side of the ski boot touches on a ski.

- The heel piece - this is where the heel of the ski boot rests. It also holds the release point of the skis.

- The brake

Here are the steps to click into your ski bindings:

1. Place both of your skis on a flat surface on the slope so they do not slide away from you.

TIP: It is best to put your skis close to the point you want to start your skiing from.

2. Skis do not typically come with markings to indicate where each foot should go. So, simply check that the heel pieces of both skis are pushed down.

3. Remove excess snow from your ski boots using your ski poles. This prevents snow from clumping up, which often prevents skiers from getting into their skis. Also, check that there is no snow in the toe piece.

4. Plant your ski poles into the snow for additional balance.

5. Align the toe of your strong foot to the toe piece of the ski bindings. The brakes of your ski should sit directly under the heel of your boot.

6. Stand on your tiptoe then drop down into the heel piece of the bindings. Press your heel firmly until you hear a click.

Your boot should now be safely secured to your skis.

To click out of your skis, all you have to do is:

- Find a flat spot on the slope where you don't have to stop yourself from sliding using your poles.

- Insert the tip of your ski pole into the indented spot located at the top of the binding's heel piece.

- Push firmly down on your heels to release your boots.

- Lift your foot and sidestep out.

Tips for taking care of your ski boots

Here are 5 tips to help take care of your ski boots to make them last longer:

1. Always remove the liners after using the ski boots. Wash and air dry the liners to prevent bacteria build-up. This also prevents foul odor due to the dampness of the liners.

2. Using a clean piece of cloth, wipe down the inner part of your boot to remove moisture that could facilitate mold growth. You can also use a boot dryer or thermal liner to inhibit mold growth.

3. Wear clean socks at the beginning of every skiing session. Avoid reusing worn socks even if it looks clean. This introduces bacteria into your boots rendering all your previous cleaning work useless.

4. Do not walk in your ski socks only. The floor contaminates your clean socks which you then transfer into your boots.

5. Always check for wear and tear on the heels and toes of your boots. If you spot any issues, make sure you fix them before skiing. For instance, not only will damage to the bindings affect your skiing performance, but it could also cause injury when you fall.

Spending some minutes before and after each ski session to look after your boot will undoubtedly improve its longevity!


And there you have it. With the guide, you can now easily get in and out of your ski boots without much hassle. Though it is important to learn the proper technique to put on your boot, knowing how to take care of them is also important. To help you with that, we also included some tips to help you improve the longevity of your boots.

About Frank V. Persall

Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.

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